Amanda was found guilty of murder in Italy’s highest court on Jan. 30, after having been convicted of the same crime in 2009. Of course, the case never would have been retried in the United States due to our country’s double jeopardy laws — which could ultimately prevent Amanda from ending up behind bars, a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Amanda Knox has been convicted, once again, of the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy. But the U.S.’s double jeopardy laws, which dictate that a person can’t be tried twice for the same crime, could be Amanda’s saving grace, an attorney tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Amanda Knox’s Verdict — No ‘Guilty’ Outcome In The US Due To Double Jeopardy
On Jan. 30, 2013, an Italian appeals court convicted Amanda, now 26 and a University of Washington student, and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, of killing Meredith Kercher in November, 2007.
The pair were first convicted of the murder in 2009, and both spent four years in custody before being acquitted in a 2011 appeal.
After that appeal, this new case would never have made it into a U.S. courtroom again due to our country’s double jeopardy laws. Those laws prohibit an individual from being tried in court for a second time on the same offense if she or he has already been acquitted or convicted of the crime.
And those laws could save Amanda from doing time again, Los Angeles attorney Mychal Wilson tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. Mychal believes that if Italy asked for Amanda to be extradited, U.S. officials would deny the request. He says:
Under the Fifth Amendment of U.S. Constitution, and known as Double Jeopardy clause, a person cannot be tried on the same charges following a legitimate acquittal or conviction. Accordingly, the U.S. will most certainly deny any extradition request of Knox by Italy under the 2010 Bilateral Treaty. However, Amanda Knox may not be able to travel freely outside the United States if Italy issues an international warrant for her arrest because Italy has legal extradition treaties with most countries. So, if the Italian high court affirms her conviction, then Amanda Knox is basically a prisoner in her own country which is not so bad considering the alternative.
Amanda Knox Speaks Out After Being Convicted Of Murder
Amanda has already spoken out about the conviction, calling the ruling tragic and maintaining her innocence.
“I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict,” she told CNN. “Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system. The evidence and accusatory theory do not justify a verdict of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. …There has always been a marked lack of evidence.”
“This has gotten out of hand. Most troubling is that it was entirely preventable,” she continued. “I beseech those with the knowledge and authority to address and remediate the problems that worked to pervert the course of justice and waste the valuable resources of the system.”
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